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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Earth Day Global “selfies” from NASA Armstrong

Posted  April 30, 2014

Courtesy Photo SOFIA crew chief Jeff Doughty and L-3 Communications lead Pat Bantalan sent their selfie from the flight deck of NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory. Thousands of social media users from scores of nations joined NASA in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day April 22 by participating in NASA’s “#GlobalSelfie” event. Employees of NASA’s Armstrong…

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Students clear land to help wounded warrior

Posted  April 30, 2014

Armed with rakes, hoes and whole lot of spirit, Lancaster High School students worked hard to clear and clean land in preparation of an expected May 6 groundbreaking ceremony to build a specially adapted “Smart Home” for Antelope Valley Army Veteran Jerral Hancock and his family.

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City of Torrance hosts largest Armed Forces Day Parade

Posted  April 30, 2014

May 16-18, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces with its 55th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade – the City’s longest standing tradition. Each year, the city honors a different military branch; this year highlights the United States Navy. Grand Marshal, Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, Commander, Navy Region…

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Hill’s F-16s take first flights alongside F-35s

Posted  April 30, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christina Judd Hill’s F-16 flies with the F-35 Lightning II, in a training mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., today. Hill sent 235 active and reserve personnel to train alongside the Air Forceís newest fighter jet. F-16 pilots from Hill Air Force Base’s 419th and 388th Fighter Wings took…

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Headlines April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

News: Russia plans new military exercise near border with Ukraine – Russian military officials said they plan to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland.   Business: Zumwalt class costs have risen $2 billion in last five years – The cost of the…

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Germany puts military exports to Russia on hold The German government says it isn’t authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present “because of the current political situation,” leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold. The Economy Ministry replied to questions from the opposition Greens that “in critical cases” the government will also…

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F-16s train alongside F-35s

Posted  April 25, 2014

F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from Hill Air Force Base's 419th and 388th Fighter Wings took to the sky at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 24 for their first training missions alongside the F-35A Lightning II, the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft.

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Business

Boeing receives first multi-year contract for rescue radio logistics support

Posted  April 25, 2014

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Under a new four-year contract from the U.S. Air Force, Boeing will provide maintenance, engineering, training and support for the system that enables the rescue of downed pilots and other warfighters in danger. The Combat Survivor Evader Locator program’s first multi-year logistics contract is valued at $32.5 million in total. A…

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Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in NASA’s Hubble archive

Posted  April 25, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

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Lockheed Martin to develop weapons grade fiber laser for U.S. Army field test

Posted  April 25, 2014

— The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $25 million contract to design, build and test a 60-kilowatt electric laser to be integrated and tested in a truck-mounted weapon system demonstrator. The laser weapon is designed to significantly improve the warfighters’ ability to counter rockets, artillery, mortars and unmanned aerial threats. Under a contract managed…

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